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Ikea's Smart Home Dares to Make Sense

The "smart home" has not yet distinguished itself. Sure, you might dim your lights with an app; you might even talk to your large appliances. But …

Automation

Jaybird goes totally wireless with new Run earphones

A sportier version of Apple's AirPods, the sweatproof Jaybird Run buds fit securely and comfortable in your ears and deliver good sound.

Headphones

Facebook: We don’t always 'get things right the first time'

Facebook has been in hot water lately for people misusing its products. Some have spread false news on the social network's news feed. Facebook's ad platform let marketers target anti-Semites. People have used Facebook Live, it's video streaming service, to broadcast violence.<p>On Monday, Luke Woods, …

Facebook

7 tips and tricks for navigating the iPad on iOS 11

Now Playing: Watch this: iOS 11 transforms the iPad<p>2:12<p>After installing iOS 11 on an iPad, you're undoubtedly going to notice things are way different. For starters, there's a tried and true app dock now. Also, multitasking has been completely redone. Here are a few tips and tricks for navigating …

iOS

How big is iPhone X? We made these pics to show you

The most striking thing about the new iPhone X isn't the way it looks in your hand. It isn't the return of the glass back and stainless steel band. It isn't even the notch.<p>It's the fact that -- compared to your average iPhone today -- it's got so much more screen than any existing iPhone, even the …

iOS

7 settings to change right away on iOS 11

iOS 11 adds a bevy of new features and interface tweaks to your iPhone (and even more changes for your iPad). After opening your new iPhone or upgrading your current iPhone, here are the settings to check or change straight away.<p>Do Not Disturb While Driving<p>Given the frightening number of drivers I …

iOS

Apple Watch Series 3: LTE Plan Prices on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Bell, EE, and Deutsche Telekom

Apple Watch Series 3 is available with built-in cellular capabilities, allowing you to make phone calls, send and receive text messages, stream music, get directions with Apple Maps, use Siri, and more without a paired iPhone.<p>The freedom comes at a cost, however, as Apple Watch Series 3 models with …

Telecoms

7 things you need to know before you buy a new iPhone

Apple has made it harder than ever to chose an iPhone. This year the company launched the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and added a new super-premium iPhone X to its lineup. So, what are the differences between the three phones and which one should you buy? Here are the seven most important factors you …

Phones

5 ways iOS 11 will change your iPad

Get ready because iOS 11 is going to make your iPad look and act in completely different ways. Apple puts multitasking front and center with iOS 11, making the iPad a more powerful and more flexible device. You'll likely come to enjoy your iPad's newfound multitasking abilities after upgrading to …

iOS

All 51 startups that debuted at Y Combinator W17 Demo Day 2

More than 15,000 founders from 7,200 startups applied to this batch of Y Combinator. It chose just over 100, with founders from 22 countries, to go through its accelerator program. Today, the second half of those companies launched onstage, and we have breakdowns of all 51 of these businesses.<p>Oh, …

Startups

The Faster Your Brain Moves The More Time Off You Need

Science shows us that your brain can only focus for 90 to 120 minutes at a time.<p>If you just started working out you may be tempted to push your body to the limits. The problem isn't how hard your training. It's that you're still partaking in unhealthy habits, like poor diet and not getting enough …

Productivity

The One iPhone Charging Mistake You’re Making Every Night

Charging your iPhone seems like the easiest, most habitual task that you couldn’t ever possibly screw up, right!? Turns out, plugging the white chord …

Phones

People Who Take Great Vacation Photos Do These 5 Things

If you've ever traveled with a group of friends you'll know that no two vacation snaps are identical, even if they're of the same place. Some people …

Photography

Everything you can expect at Apple's iPhone Event

We'll break down everything we know about the new iPhone, the Apple Watch Series 3 and the 4K Apple TV before Apple's September keynote.

iPhone

Remember when WhatsApp didn’t want to make money?

WhatsApp is preparing to make money by facilitating conversations between business and consumers.<p>It’s a great move.<p>Messaging is huge, and there is vast scope for bringing brands and businesses on board. It’s a process that’s been happening for years, predominantly with Asia-based chat apps that let …

WhatsApp

People, Please Don't Store Private Data in Your Address Book

There's been some controversy over the data that Donald Trump's campaign app collects. Though the America First app asks before accessing anything on …

SanDisk Unveils the World’s Largest microSD Card: A 400GB Monster

Today, SanDisk released the world’s highest capacity microSD card to date: the 400GB SanDisk microSDXC Ultra UHS-I card. It’s targeted at mobile …

Western Digital

How to stop your iCloud and Apple ID getting hacked

If you have a lame password, then your iCloud account will eventually get hacked. You might not think a hacker is interested in you, but you’re wrong. The good news is that there are several easy steps you can take to lock your Apple ID down and make it safe.<p>If you don’t think it’s important, …

iOS

This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Describes What Great Communication Looks Like

A newly acquired email from Musk outlines a brilliant philosophy. But it's easier said than done.<p>Throughout the years, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has demonstrated the art of masterful communication.<p>The following is a perfect example: It's a copy of a previously unpublished email Musk sent …

Leadership

42 Gmail Tips That Will Help You Conquer Email

It's time you became a Gmail power user. These tips will get you there.<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of …

Google Drive

How blockchain is changing the way we pay

The rise of financial technology and digital payment solutions is helping the world go cashless. Cashless payment methods now cover a wide range of …

Bitcoin

Revolut launches personal Euro accounts with your own IBAN

Fintech startup Revolut just raised $66 million and is already launching new features. Starting today, you can generate your own IBAN for Euro transactions. This way, you can receive your salary directly on your Revolut account for instance.<p>While you could already top up your Revolut account with a …

Banking

Hackers offered $500,000 for WhatsApp and Signal exploits

How much is your privacy worth? Does $499,999 sound about right? Because it might soon be sold out for only a dollar more.<p>A company that specializes in acquiring and reselling zero-day exploits has set its sights on Signal and WhatsApp, two popular secure mobile messaging platforms, and is offering …

Security

Hyundai readying first pickup for US market

Based on 2015's smash-hit Santa Cruz concept, think of it as more of a crossover with a bed than a full-fledged truck.<p>After years of prevaricating, Hyundai has revealed that it's giving a US-market pickup truck the green light. The news was first confirmed by Michael O'Brien, vice president of …

Trucks

This European country may hold an ICO and issue its own cryptocurrency

We’ve officially hit peak ICO. Estonia, a small country in Northern Europe, just floated the idea of potentially raising money by issuing a token called “estcoins“.<p>So why Estonia?<p>The country is pretty forward thinking when it comes to technology – they are the first nation to offer an e-Residency …

Bitcoin

Users dump AccuWeather iPhone app after learning it sends location data to a third party

AccuWeather’s iOS app may be up to something fishy. Security researcher Will Strafach published a warning about the popular weather app’s behavior on Medium and users appear to be paying attention.<p>According to Strafach’s Medium post, the AccuWeather app requests location permission from users not …

Privacy

Apple owns more U.S. debt than most foreign countries

Apple owns $52.6 billion in U.S. Treasury securities, ranking it above countries like Israel, Mexico, Australia and the Netherlands — and one of the top 25 “major foreign holders” of U.S. government debt, according to a new report.<p>U.S. Treasury securities, in the forms of bills, notes and bonds, …

U.S. Treasury

Netflix will spend epic $7 billion on content in 2018

Apple may be planning to spend a massive $1 billion on acquiring and producing original video content in 2018, but according to Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s 2018 spend will dwarf Apple’s — with plans to shell out enormous $7 billion on content in the next year.<p>It’s worth …

Netflix

iOS 11 lets you disable Touch ID to keep cops out of your device

Apple has baked a new feature into iOS 11 that lets you quickly disable Touch ID.<p>The feature could come in handy if you’re ever in a situation where someone (a cop) might force you to unlock your device.<p>iOS 11 comes with a whole host of useful changes and improvements that are designed to make life …

iOS